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Sweden’s Paradiset to close stores as corona fears hit finance plan

Swedish organic and natural food pioneer Paradiset says its retail business is to close after a refinancing package failed amid economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Planet Organic announces takeover of As Nature Intended

Trailbazing UK health and wellbeing retailer Planet Organic has acquired As Nature Intended, the chain of seven London-based organic and natural food stores. 

US organic food retailers fold amid intense supermarket competition

A recent fight back from US natural food retailers, after years of market capture by major grocery operators, came too late for two specialist chains. 

Some tea bags shed billions of plastic particles, researchers warn

Some teabags shed billions of micro- and nano-sized plastics, Canadian researchers warned this week. 

Marigold Health Foods’ warehouse ‘devastated’ by fire

UK natural food distributor Marigold Health Foods saw its London warehouse badly damaged by fire earlier this week. 

Happy and healthy: Chicago retailers partner for store-within-a-store pilot

Two long established family-owned Chicago area retail businesses – fresh market and grocer Angelo Caputo’s and health food store Fruitful Yield – have partnered to create a store-within-a-store experience.
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Sprouts Farmers Market hires former 99 Cents Only CEO for top job

US natural food retailer Sprouts Farmers Market has appointed the former chief executive officer of the price-point retailer 99 Cents Only Stores, Jack L Sinclair, as its own CEO.

Sweden’s Midsona and Paradiset partner to create new consumer brand

Leading Swedish health food brand owner and distributor Midsona is partnering with Stockholm-based organic food retailer Paradiset to launch a new consumer brand ‘Everyday by Paradiset’ for easier sustainable choices.

Whole Foods’ 500th store packs in four themed eateries

US natural foods retailer Whole Foods Market reached a milestone this week with the opening of its 500thstore earlier, in Midtown Atlanta.

Soil Association Certification and ECOCERT announce major new international partnership

Soil Association Certification and ECOCERT, the leading UK and French organic certification bodies, have today announced a formal partnership.

Publix opens three more GreenWise stores

US supermarket operator Publix plans to open another three GreenWise Market natural, organic and specialty stores.

Whole Foods to scrap ‘millennial-bait’ 365 store concept

Whole Foods Market is to discontinue its smaller footprint ‘365’ store model, according to US media reports. 

Indian Government agency strikes organic deal with online giants

The Indian government has signed deals with online retailer giants Amazon India and Grofers to enable smaller farmers and producers to make organic food available on the popular platforms at “cheaper” prices

Discounters setting the pace for organic sales growth

While Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco still hold the largest value shares of organic food and drink (22.6%, 22.5% and 21.7% respectively), it is the discounters and The Co-Op who are growing sales fastest. 

Aldi ramps up fresh and organic offer, continues disruption of US grocery retail

The German hard-discounter Aldi, is to significantly expand its fresh and organic offer as it continues its disruption of the US grocery industry.